The Mueller Investigation Continues
The ongoing investigation concerning Russia’s involvement in the 2016’s presidential election continues to unravel. Special counsel Robert Mueller issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, in what seems like an indication of Russian contributions to President Donald Trump.
Mueller hasn’t made his motives to subpoena the large bank abundantly clear, but it was reported previously this year that Deutsche Bank lent the Trump Organization more than $300 million for real estate transactions before Trump was elected president. Trump has continued to deny any involvement with Russia during the election and any ties to the recent subpoena.
“We have confirmed that the news reports that the special counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the president are false,” Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump’s legal team, told ABC News Tuesday afternoon. “No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources.”
It’s not immediately clear to the public why the subpoena was issued, who this may be specifically targeting or what other members of Trump’s campaign team may be under future scrutiny by special counsel. Deutsche Bank has been one of Trump’s most reliable lenders when it comes to his lavish real-estate needs. If this subpoena is directed at Trump’s relationship with the bank he may see an issue with it, when in July he told The New York Times that an examination of his personal finances by Mueller “would cross a red line.”
The investigation deepens, as former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December. Flynn took a plea agreement to cooperate with further investigations regarding Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The reason why this is such a big deal, aside from the fact he lied during an interview to a federal agency, is that Trump’s aides interfered with existing policy while Obama was still in office and undermined his administration. The Obama administration strongly told Trump aides to stop interfering with foreign affairs before Trump’s official inauguration.
Flynn was fired as Trump’s national security adviser back in February, but coming forward now with a guilty plea is a significant new phase in the investigation undergone by Mueller. Flynn’s admission of guilt has the ability for the general public to better understand what really went on the days following Trump’s victory, before he was officially inaugurated into the White House.
Mueller continues to investigate Russian attempts to manipulate 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible interaction with Trump associates. Along with Flynn, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, deputy Rick Gates and campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos have been charged so far in the investigation. Papadopoulos also pleaded guilty to his charges while Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty. Now the question on the minds of many is if Trump will pardon Flynn’s involvement.
This is the Trump Twitter quote that’s raising questions – “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the vice president and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
Only time will tell if that statement really is true.